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3rd Annual Event A Huge Success!

On May 27th, honored guests, youth, staff, and community stakeholders gathered to spotlight the positive successes and work of the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS) youth and programs at the hugely successful 3rd Annual DYS “Share Your Art, Share Your Voice!” event.

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito DYS event

Lt. Gov. Polito discusses a photography exhibit that was the subject of a project which connected the DYS youth classroom experience with staff’s creative talent.

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito shared an inspiring message with an auditorium packed with youth, families and staff. Guest speakers Rev. Jeffrey Brown from Rebuilding Every Community Around Peace, and Clementina Chery, from the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, also supported the event and delivered positive messages to match the uplifting tone of the day.

On display at the jam-packed event were youth artwork, Shakespearian monologues, improve, theatre, and Ghanaian drumming – just to name a few.  All the creativity showcased was developed by youth in the care of DYS and highlighted how DYS uses arts education as a youth engagement strategy and as an opportunity for positive youth development.

The DYS statewide event also featured display tables of its programs and community partnerships where guests met and spoke with the youth artists, learned more about the various services, and participated in hands-on demonstrations and educational activities.

One hundred and sixty pieces of youth artwork and items were sold in less than three hours, and more than 300 guests attended what was an incredibly energizing and inspiring event.

DYS featured art

A Poignant Path
DYS youth mural which will be permanently displayed at the Framingham Juvenile Court.

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the 2015 “Share Your Art, Share Your Voice!”

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Communications Coordinator, Department of Youth Services

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